UPDATE 7/17/20 at 3:04 p.m.: Harden says he wasn’t trying to make a political statement. He liked the way it covered his beard in full; he didn’t know what the mask symbolized.
James Harden FINALLY joined the Houston Rockets in Orlando at the NBA bubble. His arrival is being hit with criticism thanks to a mask he decided to wear.
Fans were wondering when Harden was going to show up the bubble, with many speculating that Harden caught rona like his running mate Russell Westbrook. His arrival shut that rumor down with the team, and Harden claiming his trip to Orlando was delayed due to “some family issues” ESPN reports.
While it is a welcomed sight to see The Beard back on the court, Harden is catching some serious flack from fans after the Rockets shared a photo of the electric scorer rocking a “Thin Blue Line” mask with the caption “Mask Up.”
Once the photo supplied by the league hit timelines, the fallout was swift. R&B singer Trey Songz didn’t mince words commenting on it and in a retweet of the post said:
“This certified clown shit. I’ll say it for everybody who scared to. FOH”
While some might see it as much ado about nothing, the “Thin Blue Line” is described as a white supremacy symbolism disguised as a “pro-cop” stance and was started in response to “Black Lives Matter.”
So it’s quite understandable why many fans, specifically Black folks, are not feeling Harden’s choice in a mask. But someone is willing to cape for the NBA all-star. Atlanta rapper, Young Thug stuck up for his ‘brada” basically claiming that his boy was ignorant, and he has no idea what “Thin Blue Line” is because he “has no internet.”
“Just so u know James harden is my brada… btw he don’t have internet so he obviously don’t know what’s right or wrong if he posted something that’s against US…but I hate when rappers get in niggas biz like it’s can’t happen to em. Buster let niggas clear they shit up activist.”
Well, Harden made it very clear he is well aware of what is going on in his city of Houston when he spoke on the protests that took place there.
“The way the city just like rallied, it was amazing. I think the world saw it. The march and everything we’re standing for is very powerful.”
Anyway, whether he knew about it or not, it wasn’t a good look for James. Twitter was on his ass and called him out. You can peep the reactions below.
Trey Songz & Twitter Blasting James Harden For Rocking A “Thin Blue Line” Mask was originally published on hiphopwired.com